Another key tip from many parents is to ensure that birthday decorations and wrapping paper are used and not use Christmas décor to celebrate birthdays during the holiday. Local mom Christine Loftus’ birthday is December 29th and her daughter Aubrey’s is January 3. She recalls that when she was growing up, her parents made sure that all Christmas decorations were put away before her birthday. Loftus always received gifts wrapped in birthday wrapping—a tradition she has kept for her daughter.
Other options to try to focus around the birthday and not the holiday are to ban holiday music around their child’s birthday, ensure that photos are taken around birthday decorations (lots of balloons can compete with holiday lights and tree) and purchase or make a beautiful and colorful birthday cake or dessert that embraces the birthday theme.
On the flip side, despite the distractions, other parents also choose to see the positive in having their children’s birthdays during the holidays.
“Our daughter was born on December 30th. We love that she’ll never have school on her birthday. Since many of her friends are traveling during this week, we do a day trip with just our family on her big day,” said local mom Mary C. Jordan. “We’ve been fortunate to have lots of great weather and almost always make it to the beach. Even if it’s not ‘beach weather’ the kids love to play in the sand, fly kites, and have ice cream. After all, who but a Florida kid can spend their winter birthday at the beach every year?”